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Is More Specific Drug Overdose Death Data Worth the Cost? Video included

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"The opioid death rate in our state is 160 percent of the national average."  It might be much worse.

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Potential Tuition Increase For Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College

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Students may have to reach a little deeper in their wallets to pay for tuition next year at NO. "We are having to make some tough decisions. We're gonna request a tuition increase of about 5 dollars a credit hour, so that's gonna be about 250 dollars over the course of the year" says Public Information Coordinator, Jordan Adams. Not all students are comfortable with the potential tuition increase. "At first sight, it's not that much, yes I agree. But overall in the lo... More>>

Tick Illnesses

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The heat is here, meaning more people are headed to the great outdoors.     And with a mild winter, health officials expect a high number of ticks this year also bringing an increased risk of tick-borne illnesses. Billy Wade is a storm chaser, and nature photographer, so he spends the majority of his time, outside, in tick-prone areas. Wade: "I've never gotten sick, but I have had tick bites turn into infections, and, not staph or anything like that, but I've had l... More>>

Pressure Mounts to Close Gun Range Over Safety Concerns Video included

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Living out in the country includes more freedom.  It can also include more risk.

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SWAT Demo Part of Upward Bound Summer School at Crowder College Video included

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 Upward Bound is giving high school students the chance to experience a variety of career opportunities from medicine to crime and punishment.
Two hundred fifty high school students are spending part of the summer at Crowder College in the program.

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Joplin Business Success

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     "Everything Must Go" is a phrase many of us see or hear as retailers across the country face bankruptcy and store closures.      But for some in Joplin..it's a different story. Jones: "Having a loyal customer base has probably been our salvation, in this area." Ron Jones and his wife own the Radio Shack on Maiden Lane in Joplin. And in their case -- it's helpful to own their store, even if it's under a national franchise. That way... More>>

Missouri Senior Rx Program to Expire Video included

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A Missouri program that helps seniors pay for pharmaceuticals is about to end. The Missouri Senior  RX program coverage expires at the end of this month. For Virginia Knight that is not good news. 

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Kansas Colleges & Universities Face Financial Fallout Ahead of New Conceal Carry Law Video included

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Here's a nonpartisan look at how a local college, and others, will have to deal with Kansas politics...

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Two Sentenced Today For Taylor Thomas' Murder Video included

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20-year-old Taylor Thomas was shot and killed in October of 2014 during a robbery. Five people were charged in connection to his death. Monday's sentencings included Darius Rainey, who was convicted of first degree murder and will spend life in prison, with the possibility of parole after 25 years. Corbin spragg was also sentenced. He'll spend 27 and a half years in prison for second degree murder and aggravated kidnapping. We spoke with Spragg's uncle, Anthony Reed, who's... More>>

No Air Conditioning Proves More Than Just a Minor Setback at Joplin Homeless Shelter Video included

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"They need their sleep so they can get out here and function to get new jobs."

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Patriotic Memorial On Display

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Freedom, it's something that many of us take for granted.  But what we may forget, is the price of our freedom.  There's two brothers in Southwest Missouri working to change that. Duane: "We all take advantage of it, and we all go without thinking about it, because, it is our freedom, we don't have to worry, and we want to continue that way." Duane Swatosh and his brother Claire are both veterans. They love our country, and our history, and they're taking it on th... More>>

Father's day Car Show in Joplin Brings Hundreds Video included

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Blendville Christian Church in Joplin held it's third annual Father's Day Car Show. 27 cars were entered in the show bringing car show friends together. The event included a bake sale as a fundraiser for the church's nursery. Families came out to the church parking lot not only to compete, but enjoy some family time. Despite the light rain through out the day, over 250 people showed up to celebrate dads around the area. More>>

Riverton Power Plant Implosion

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    We move from falling trees -- to falling buildings!     This morning in Riverton, demolition crews brought down the former Empire power plant building and it's smoke stack.  People began lining up at 4:30 am in Riverton to witness something you don't get to see everyday. Crews from KCOM Demolition have been working for several weeks preparing the Empire District Electric Company's former Riverton power plant -- for demolition. Initially, the... More>>

South West Missouri Democrats Holds Raffle to Promote Petition to Drop "Right to Work" Act

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Democrats are getting active in Joplin and giving locals the chance to voice their opinion on the 'Right to Work Act" by signing the petition against it at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Hall. A barbeque, pie auction and raffle are all part of the event raising funds for the South West Missouri Democrats. Local Unions hosted the event for people to try and connect and make the changes they want to see in the labor force. "If we gather enough petitions... More>>

Oklahoma Governor Candidates Meet Citizens of Ottawa County

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Two out of the three Democratic candidates for governor of Oklahoma spoke at the Second Annual Democrats of Ottawa County Picnic. Connie Johnson and Scott Inman answered any questions the public had about their plans if they win the election. Some of the issues addressed were taxes, jail over crowding, and low voter turnout, which Oklahoma had the lowest voter turnout in the most recent election. The goal of the event is to inform the citizens of Ottawa County and inspire them to b... More>>

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  • KDOT testing pavement next week in Crawford County

    KDOT testing pavement next week in Crawford County

    Thursday, June 22 2017 1:48 PM EDT2017-06-22 17:48:55 GMT
    Starting Monday, June 26, and continuing through Thursday, June 29, the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) will run tests of pavement strength on several highways in Crawford County: K-146, from the Neosho-Crawford county line east to K-3; K-126, from U.S. 400 north and east to the Kansas-Missouri border; U.S. 69, from K-171/U.S. 400 north to U.S. 160 (Pittsburg bypass); K-7, from U.S. 400 north to the Crawford-Bourbon county line. The KDOT testing crew uses a device c...More >>
    Starting Monday, June 26, and continuing through Thursday, June 29, the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) will run tests of pavement strength on several highways in Crawford County: K-146, from the Neosho-Crawford county line east to K-3; K-126, from U.S. 400 north and east to the Kansas-Missouri border; U.S. 69, from K-171/U.S. 400 north to U.S. 160 (Pittsburg bypass); K-7, from U.S. 400 north to the Crawford-Bourbon county line. The KDOT testing crew uses a device c...More >>
  • Ozark Center Earns Accreditation from CARF International

    Ozark Center Earns Accreditation from CARF International

    Thursday, June 22 2017 1:42 PM EDT2017-06-22 17:42:35 GMT
    Ozark Center, an entity of Freeman Health System, has once again earned a three-year accreditation from Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). CARF International is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body. Its mission is to promote the quality, value and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process centered around enhancing the lives of the people served. Founded in 1966, CARF establishes consumer-focus standards to help organi...More >>
    Ozark Center, an entity of Freeman Health System, has once again earned a three-year accreditation from Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). CARF International is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body. Its mission is to promote the quality, value and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process centered around enhancing the lives of the people served. Founded in 1966, CARF establishes consumer-focus standards to help organi...More >>
  • Deputy Involved Shooting In Vernon County

    Deputy Involved Shooting In Vernon County

    Wednesday, June 21 2017 4:40 PM EDT2017-06-21 20:40:36 GMT

    In the early morning hours of June 21, 2017, a deputy with the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office was involved in a high-speed pursuit. At the termination of the pursuit, the deputy and the suspect were involved in a physical altercation. During that altercation, the deputy fired his weapon and the suspect was fatally wounded. The involved deputy, has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation. This office will have no further comment until that investigation has

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    In the early morning hours of June 21, 2017, a deputy with the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office was involved in a high-speed pursuit. At the termination of the pursuit, the deputy and the suspect were involved in a physical altercation. During that altercation, the deputy fired his weapon and the suspect was fatally wounded. The involved deputy, has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation. This office will have no further comment until that investigation has

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  • Is More Specific Drug Overdose Death Data Worth the Cost?

    Is More Specific Drug Overdose Death Data Worth the Cost?

    Thursday, June 22 2017 8:32 PM EDT2017-06-23 00:32:21 GMT

    "The opioid death rate in our state is 160 percent of the national average."  It might be much worse.

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    "The opioid death rate in our state is 160 percent of the national average."  It might be much worse.

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  • Deputy Involved Shooting In Vernon County

    Deputy Involved Shooting In Vernon County

    Wednesday, June 21 2017 4:40 PM EDT2017-06-21 20:40:36 GMT

    In the early morning hours of June 21, 2017, a deputy with the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office was involved in a high-speed pursuit. At the termination of the pursuit, the deputy and the suspect were involved in a physical altercation. During that altercation, the deputy fired his weapon and the suspect was fatally wounded. The involved deputy, has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation. This office will have no further comment until that investigation has

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    In the early morning hours of June 21, 2017, a deputy with the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office was involved in a high-speed pursuit. At the termination of the pursuit, the deputy and the suspect were involved in a physical altercation. During that altercation, the deputy fired his weapon and the suspect was fatally wounded. The involved deputy, has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation. This office will have no further comment until that investigation has

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  • Pressure Mounts to Close Gun Range Over Safety Concerns

    Pressure Mounts to Close Gun Range Over Safety Concerns

    Wednesday, June 21 2017 7:59 PM EDT2017-06-21 23:59:11 GMT

    Living out in the country includes more freedom.  It can also include more risk.

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    Living out in the country includes more freedom.  It can also include more risk.

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  • Former LCC Pitcher Drafted To San Diego

    Former LCC Pitcher Drafted To San Diego

    Thursday, June 15 2017 5:59 PM EDT2017-06-15 21:59:38 GMT
    Jeremy SmithJeremy Smith
    Former Labette Community College baseball pitcher, Jeremy Smith, was drafted on June 14 in the 2017 MLB draft in the 38th round by the San Diego Padres. Smith played for the Cardinals, under head coach Aaron Keal, in the spring of 2014 and 2015. He is the son of Jeremy and Tendeka Smith and a graduate of Bellaire High School. After attending LCC, he went on to play at Southwestern Oklahoma State in Weatherford, OK. More >>
    Former Labette Community College baseball pitcher, Jeremy Smith, was drafted on June 14 in the 2017 MLB draft in the 38th round by the San Diego Padres. Smith played for the Cardinals, under head coach Aaron Keal, in the spring of 2014 and 2015. He is the son of Jeremy and Tendeka Smith and a graduate of Bellaire High School. After attending LCC, he went on to play at Southwestern Oklahoma State in Weatherford, OK. More >>
  • Former PHS Pitcher Webb Drafted by Pirates

    Former PHS Pitcher Webb Drafted by Pirates

    Wednesday, June 14 2017 7:10 PM EDT2017-06-14 23:10:41 GMT

    He will sign with the Pirates, and pass on playing at K-State next season.

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    He will sign with the Pirates, and pass on playing at K-State next season.

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  • Summer sports camps bring keep campus busy

    Summer sports camps bring keep campus busy

    Tuesday, June 6 2017 5:14 PM EDT2017-06-06 21:14:13 GMT
    High School teams in the 2016 Football Team Camp practice in the Robert W. Plaster Center at Pittsburg State University.High School teams in the 2016 Football Team Camp practice in the Robert W. Plaster Center at Pittsburg State University.
    The last students from the spring semester had just packed up and moved out of Pittsburg State University’s residence halls when the hall staff began preparing the buildings for the thousands of new residents -- high school students who come to PSU to participate in a variety of athletic camps every June and July. This year, volleyball, baseball, softball, track and field, men’s and women’s basketball, and football will all hold camps for individual players, teams, ...More >>
    The last students from the spring semester had just packed up and moved out of Pittsburg State University’s residence halls when the hall staff began preparing the buildings for the thousands of new residents -- high school students who come to PSU to participate in a variety of athletic camps every June and July. This year, volleyball, baseball, softball, track and field, men’s and women’s basketball, and football will all hold camps for individual players, teams, ...More >>
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